Failed breath test woman has to be carried by police, Bury St Edmunds magistrates are told

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Police had a carry a woman to a breathaylser machine after she reversed her car into another vehicle, a court has heard.

Young Bellis 52, of Osprey Close, Bury St Edmunds, wept as she pleaded guilty to a charge of drink driving at Bury magistrates court.

Lucy Miller, prosecuting, said police were called at around 8.15pm on March 25, after a Volkwagen Bora, driven by Bellis, reversed into a parked Honda car.

The owner of the Honda, Michael Holland, reached into Bellis’s car and took the keys after she tried to drive away, Ms Miller said.

Police tried eight times to take a road side breath test but Bellis kept on pushing her tongue against the mouth piece, Ms Miller said.

Then at the police station, officers had to lift her into a room, where she again failed to give a reading.

A subsequent blood test showed 109 milligrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of bloods. The legal limit is 80 milligrames of alcohol.

Michael Whatley, in mitigation said Bellis, had two glasses of wine when she remembered that she was meant to be picking up someone from Cambridge.

“She didn’t drive very far. She literally just reversed,” Mr Whatley told Friday’s hearing.

She was banned from driving for a year to be reduced by three months if she completes a rehabilitation course. Bellis was also fined £240, and must pay £85 costs and a £15 victim surcharge.